The sculpture museum of Sergei Timofeevich Konenkov is dedicated to a brilliant sculptor, one of the brightest representatives of Russian art from the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Konenkov, an unsurpassed master of sculptural psychological portrait, thinker, philosopher, academician of two academies, imperial and Soviet, People's Artist of the USSR, Hero of Socialist Labor, Laureate of the State and Lenin Prizes, honorary citizen of Smolensk.
The name of Sergei Timofeevich is known to connoisseurs of beauty both in Russia and abroad.
The Museum of Sculpture was opened in Smolensk in 1973 at the initiative of Konenkov himself. The choice of the city was not accidental, since it was here in the Smolensk region in the village of Karakovich that the future great sculptor was born.
The master was anxious about his creations, worried about their fate, he wanted to have not only individual works in his homeland, but also a large collection, a museum of sculpture. From the artist's workshop in Moscow, 41 works by Konenkov were transferred, which marked the beginning of the exposition of the future museum. “To dear fellow countrymen I give my art” wrote Sergey Timofeevich Konyonkov on this subject.
Somewhat later, the collection of the museum of sculpture was replenished with works transferred from museums of Russian cities, as well as private collections. Now the collection has over 90 unique works.
The building in which the Konenkov Museum is located is one of the brightest architectural monuments in Smolensk. The mansion, built in the 70s of the XIX century for the needs of the Smolensk branch of the State Bank, is luxuriously decorated and looks very elegant. The eclectic building is decorated with lush baroque elements.
In Soviet times, the building was occupied by various organizations, and in 1969, the building was chosen for its museum by sculptor Sergei Timofeevich Konenkov.